Former Chelsea Manager Avram Grant

Former Chelsea Manager Avram Grant

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has cautioned Rwanda not to rush for a foreign coach but to seek external knowledge in establishing a good football development strategy in bid to have an active and winning football culture.

Grant made the remarks recently while in Rwanda for the commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

He said recently that Rwanda has the potential to be a strong footballing nation but they need to develop a strong football strategy to match their vision.

“Having a good strategy to develop football is a big problem in Africa. The most important factor in football is that you will have natural talent and you will play football and this is a gift you have in Africa which we don’t have in Europe.”

“Ferwafa asked me to help them and I will see what to do but what I think is that we can build a strategy here that can help in the development of football and if you have good football players you will have more chances of winning,”

“The federation should not rush to appoint a national team coach. The best strategy should be acquiring knowledge from other countries but if you think that you will bring a foreign coach and immediately make miracles no way.”

“He will improve football but if you take a strategy from the young generation to the old former players, how to train, how to deal with problems, mental strength, coaching style on and off the pitch, then you can develop local football to a pleasing level. Bringing a foreign coach will not help a lot,”

He further added, “When you need to identify players, you also need to identify coaches and give them some tools. I remember they asked me to be the coach of Israel national team again but I refused but one influential guy told me that if I want to help Israel football again, I should open an academy for coaches because if you teach the coaches, they will teach players and you will have good players.”

“So what Rwanda needs is a strategy of players, coaching system and study from other countries. I think a foreign coach for U-17 and U-19 would help a lot and no doubt Rwanda needs knowledge from other countries,” added the former West ham and Portsmouth manager.

The Amavubi coaching role will go vacant in July and many foreign coaches have expressed their desire to manage the national team which will soon begin their campaign for Morocco 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers.